Kudos to the New York Times for running this story right in its weekly Dining section on PETA’s latest undercover investigation of the Aviagen turkey farm in West Virginia and the mind-shattering cruelty perpetrated by its workers against innocent birds.
The video shows workers stomping on the birds and punching them, among other atrocities. I’ve embedded it below. Do watch it, even if you feel you don’t have the stomach for it, because in this case our ignorance is certainly not bliss- not for the poor birds.
This is by no means an isolated incident: in fact, other investigations by PETA and the Humane Society of the United States have shown it’s all in a day’s work at many poultry and other animal factory farms.
This Thanksgiving, when you cook for your family, consider great vegan options you can put on your plate, instead of death and suffering. Celebrations should be a time to cherish everything that’s wonderful about our lives and the world, and cruelty toward voiceless animals should have no part in it. It is estimated that 45 million turkeys are killed in the United States for Thanksgiving each year. Isn’t it ironic, then, that media space and air time is usually devoted to the one single turkey that gets the presidential pardon?
You can find plenty of vegan recipes both here on Holy Cow! and on many other vegan blogs. I also plan to post some Thanksgiving special recipes over the coming days, including vegan versions of traditional favorites, so stay tuned.